Corrugated Clamshell Box

The enclosure was developed by Andrea Krupp and first appeared in the Abbey Newsletter, October 1991, v. 15, No. 6, pp 97-98.

Images and text by Garry Harrison,
Head, Circulating Collections Conservation,
Indiana University Libraries

Web design by Jake Nadal,
former Head, Preservation Department,
Indiana University Libraries



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Treatment criteria:

Like the phase box and standard wrapper enclosures, the corrugated clamshell box is primarily an enclosure for the housing of brittle books. The corrugated box is most commonly used for those which are heavy and/or oversize, both because it is a sturdy enclosure and because archival corrugated board is available in large (40" x 60") sheets. We use C-flute corrugated that is acid-free and is buffered to maintain an alkaline-side pH.

Tools and materials used in this treatment


bone folder
glue brush
plain (non-spring-type) wooden clothes pins


archival corrugated board
waxed paper
scrap pieces of board, any type

Using the Manual

To facilitate convenient navigation and use, the procedural parts of this manual are presented in slide show form. As you can see above, clicking on the image shown on each treatment's front page begins the slide show.

Here are the navigational options within each slide. To view this information in illustrated form see the map image below.

Each slide offers the following capabilities:

* Thumbnail images of the entire treatment procedure are in a vertical column to the left. The progression is downward, beginning at the top and ending at the bottom. By clicking on any of these images, you can go to that point in the procedure.

* Clicking on any page's main image opens a larger version of the image in a separate window.

* Button links are provided to return to this page, to go to the next and previous slides in the series, and to go to the complete table of contents for the entire manual.

* The text is dotted with links to tools, materials, glossary terms, and other treatments. Linked text is gray in color and turns red when the pointer encounters it.

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